NATO

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NATO

Security in our daily lives is key to our well-being. NATO’s purpose is to guarantee the freedom and security of its members through political and military means.

NATO promotes democratic values and enables members to consult and cooperate on defence and security-related issues to solve problems, build trust and, in the long run, prevent conflict.

NATO is committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes. If diplomatic efforts fail, it has the military power to undertake crisis-management operations.

Level: intermediate / advanced

Council Topics

Building an effective defense plan to ensure Cyber security

Recognising that cyber defence is as much about people as it is about technology, NATO works on improving the state of its cyber defence education, training and exercises and, thus, conducts regular exercises, such as the annual Cyber Coalition Exercise or the newly created Cyberspace Operations Centre (2018).
In different ways, the Alliance is actively improving its cyber defences, positioning NATO to defend itself as effectively as it does on land, at sea, and in the air – and allowing cyberspace to contribute to the overall defence and deterrence posture of the Alliance. Are the Alliance and Allies doing enough?

Given the centrality of cyberspace to the modern way of warfare, it is imperative that the Alliance be equally capable in this domain as the others. The rise of cyber threats and their increasing destructive capabilities further raises the urgency of a comprehensive NATO plan.

What should the Alliance be doing to build such an effective defense plan to ensure cyber security?

Security in the Mediterranean


A key interest of NATO is security in the Mediterranean, an important domain for security along its southern flank.

The Mediterranean serves as a gateway to Europe and its security is therefore crucial for a safe and prosperous continent.

Along the Mediterranean are an increasing number of North-African states in a growingly insecure situation.

Furthermore, Russia is aiming to increase its influence in the eastern Mediterranean. A platform wherein these Mediterranean security are discussed is the ‘NATO Mediterranean Dialogue’.

NATO’s interest in the area has furthermore been shaped by human trafficking and criminal networks involved with migration, specifically in the Aegean.

Should NATO up its game in the Mediterranean and in what way should it (re)organize such involvement?

Council Chairs

Martijn Bergmann

Martijn Bergmann is a second-year Security Studies student at Leiden University at campus The Hague. After having done quite a few MUN conferences he is as excited as ever to be chairing NATO at TEIMUN 2020. Other than MUN, Martijn keeps busy by working at a movie theatre (free tickets!), doing other extra-curricular activities like working on open days, being active at a study and at a rowing association. 

Moreover, as a student of Security Studies, he is intrigued by everything concerning potential security and safety issues in the world and how to deal with those. Learning new things in this sense is of importance to him, be that from books, from movies or even from series, learning new things is key to Martijn. 

TEIMUN 2020 is going to be a great opportunity to develop professional skills and Martijn is looking forward to meeting all of you!

Ines Benallal

Ines Benallal is a french-moroccan second-year Student at Sciences Po Paris/ HKU dual degree program. Back in High School, TEIMUN 2017 was her second MUN conference and was a revelation for her as it opened the path for a wonderful MUN adventure.

Coming back as a chair for this edition is a real pleasure for her as she wants to find back this unique friendly and welcoming spirit of the TEIMUN family. Next to MUNs, Ines volunteers in a refugee shelter and also (badly) fulfils her role as treasurer for an association in her campus, because, as you may see in july, she is not talented with numbers.

As a student of Social Sciences with a minor in Law, Ines hopes to further study conflict resolution or International law in the future. TEIMUN 2020 will be a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and learn from them. Ines is looking forward to go back to the Hague again and hope (or knows ?) that your TEIMUN experience will be enjoyable and fun!